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Johnson Controls sponsors research at UW schools

Jeremy Madory (left) and John Zradickawhelp rebuild the brick parapet wall as repairs continue on the roof of the SC Johnson Research Tower in Racine on Tuesday. Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday is expected to announce a statewide partnership between UW schools and Johnson Controls Inc. involving energy storage. (AP Photos/Journal Times, Mark Hertzberg)

GLENDALE, Wis. (AP) — Johnson Controls Inc. is providing research support to two University of Wisconsin campuses toward the study of batteries and other forms of energy storage.

The Milwaukee-based company said Thursday it will provide faculty and laboratory space at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee. According to company officials, the move will help educate more energy researchers and also ensure that Wisconsin remains a center of energy expertise.

A company spokeswoman did not immediately return a message asking how much Johnson Controls was investing in the initiative.

Gov. Scott Walker and UW officials said they’re grateful for the research help. Walker said efforts like these improve the state’s reputation for research excellence, which then helps attract even more companies.

Johnson Controls makes battery units, auto parts and heating and cooling systems for large buildings.

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